this would not be good for the rest of the league next year IF...
somehow the Thunder land Nerlens Noel. Can you imagine a frontline of Ibaka and Nerlens? I say if he is there at 4, and they have that pick, they have to take him. I'm not a thunder fan, but I def love how that team is run. I wish my Knicks were run like that team.
The Thunder drafting Noel would be an ultimate step back from what they are doing. You're talking about them waiting 4-5 years for Noel to develop? They need scoring in the post, not another shot blocker. OKC being the "future of the NBA" is over. Their future is now.
I might get negged for this but Ibaka has improved a lot, and if he wants a bigger role in the offense like he says he could be their scoring bigman. Also if durant works on his post game and starts to play the PF more then they dont really need a scoring big man. Nerlens would be pretty good cheaper replacement for perkins if he ever leaves or gets traded. You have to keep developing players, look at the spurs run of 14 years in the playoffs. That is why the thunder traded harden because they dont want a 4 year window, they want a 10 or 12 year championship window and win 2 to 4 titles.
That Noel is going to fall that hard in the draft, his athleticism and length are too hard to ignore. At most, their pick in the draft is going to be in the late 20s.
It would be better for them to get a solid NBA-ready big man (Jeff Withey might still be available), that way they can unload Kendrick Perkins' contract, play Collison, Aldrich, and their rookie more, and save money for free agency moves.
If not that, I recommend a solid backup point guard, like someone in the mold of an Isaiah Canaan or a Myck Kabongo. Eric Maynor is one of the best backups in the league, and he could be lured away to another team if the price is right. There needs to be someone who can provide a yin to Westbrook's yang, and who can slow the game down if things get too hectic.
What would be way scarier is if they ended up at 4 and Bazz or McLemore fell there
With rookies, JLamb, Perry Jones and next years pick you have to wonder if they wouldn't trade at least one of those for a veteran. As sharpe says their window of opportunity is now - they have to win now.
With their frontcourt of Perk, Ibaka, Thabeet and Collison they need a big man who can score off the bench
They could use their pick on a glue guy like Marcus Smart who would be a very good back up point guard or a guy that can contribute all over the board like Otto Porter, not guys like Noel that need alot of time to develop
If they were going big, I would think they would go Len. A guy who can actually get the ball in the post & put it in the bucket, but also help spread the floor & knock down the mid range J.
Al Jefferson would be a great fit for the Thunder, but not sure the Jazz would want Lamb/Perry/Draft pics, they are already so young.
Could Perry play SF position?? I mean if he could then Jazz would have a scary young starting 5 with Burks,Lamb,Perry,Favors,Kanter..even if Burks can't play Pg they could chose one good pg from this draft..and i would really love to see Favors get more playing time,also Lamb is player with huge potential,i dont think that he could develop into player he can be in OKC.
Y Perry is more then capable of playing SF. Hes got more then enough quickness and speed.to defend the perimeter and his ball handling and shooting range keeps getting better.
Im not entirely sold on B Mac being a better prospect then Lamb, lile if of Lamb was on Kansas last year they might of beat Kentucky.
Like the Pistons drafting Darko, the Thunder are in a position to.do.unique.things. They can ne like the Spurs and.keep a championship team 2gether.for a.decade while also.groom blue.chip prospects instead of hidden.gems.
The Heat are built to win now, the Thunder are building to.win.forever.
As a fan of both OKC and UK, I love Noel but I don't want the Thunder to pick him. I want either Alex Len or whoever of BMac and Shabazz is still there. It might seem like we'd be log-jammed at the guard spot with Sefolosha, Martin, and Lamb already there, but Martin's contract (I think) is expiring and I'm sure we'd rather not have to pay him as much as he would want. Both McLemore and Shabazz would be good fits if he decided to leave.
And obviously Len would fill our biggest team need: post scoring. He would be great next to Collison or Ibaka at the end of the game to give us a bigger threat. As much as I love Perkins' defense and toughness that he brings, I don't trust his free throw shooting at the end of the game. Len would be a great addition for us
If the Thunder land at 4, than I can assume that they'll be able to take the leftover between Bazz, Noel, and McLemore. If they get Bazz, that would be really scary. But I think Noel can also fit in really well with the Thunder. Imagine him and Ibaka patrolling the paint, and you still have Durant and his long a$$ arms lurking around he's averaging 1.3 blocks per game, and he's also turned into a very sound defender, Sefelosha looks like he's going to stick around for a while, and Russell Westbrook isn't a bad defender either, his speed and athleticism help him stay in front of his man whenever he's not gambling for steals like a retard, or just has a complete mental lapse(Remember that first game of the season where Westbrook was guarding Parker and ended 20 feet away from Parker and 10 from the nearest player as Parker drained the game winning shot?)
Either way, the Thunder really won the Harden deal, even though Toronto is on a roll, it seems like they'll still be in the top 8. And in the meantime Kevin Martin still keeps them formidable for the time being.
They are better off if Toronto starts to stink it up and they get a top 3 pick. The draft class for next year appears to be a lot deeper. I would say there are 7 guys from the 2014 draft class who would have a legit shot to go 1st or 2nd in this years draft.
Anthony Bennett to OKC much scarier...